Friday, August 31, 2012
This week was nothing but total frustration. After what seemed to be a good start, and a lot of promise, it went away in a handbasket quickly. We had a good start on monday when the electrician showed up to start on switches and light fixtures. That was pretty short lived, though, because he left 2 hours later when the floor guys came. Seems electricians are a solitary type and don't like to work when there's anyone else there. Too bad, because after a great deal of promise to install the floors, they decided that they needed to be leveled first. They spent a whole day going around and checking the level (or not) of the concrete. After determining that they weren't completely flat, the floor guys brought in a sander and proceeded to sand the high spots (and run the sander into the wall) while making a dusty mess on the new flooring and cabinets. The next step was to trowel in a self-leveling compound to fill the low spots. Since they felt the need to stir the crap inside the house with a drill, they managed to get splatters at least 6 feet up the newly painted walls. Another round of sanding and the mess was totally complete. There appears to be more sanding needed, but no one was around to ask.... Now they've also decided that they need to crank up the heat before the floor is installed. The problem with that? Well, no gas, no water, no boiler...and it's really not cold enough for the heat to even come on, but, whatever. So.....now we're waiting for the plumber to find time in his schedule to install the boiler and crank up the system. Hopefully by then, the gas will be connected and the water will be fixed. Moral of the story? About 2 weeks behind, one GIANT mess inside, with everything completely covered in concrete dust, and, most of the great room walls will need to be painted again to cover the splatters. Thanks, I think. Not having a great deal of confidence in this one......... Oh, and the electrician won't come back until it's all done, which is probably better. It'll be one less thing we have to clean. There were a couple of bright spots...... The painter came back and did the laundry room LOVE!!! this color.....
Saturday, August 25, 2012
It's been ANOTHER week of S L O W progress. We were so encouraged when the general contractor told us that the cabinet and flooring installation guy was going to start on wednesday. Nice plan, too bad that wasn't the case........ The week started monday with a bit of promise. The framers came to finish the last bit of porch roof, and then about 11am, a big truck full of insulation pulled up. They proceeded to work in the attic putting in baffles, and then went about the business of blowing in 16inches of insulation.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Another slow week on the ranch...... the framers were in and out. They worked about 4 hrs total. Honestly, that is SO frustrating, if they would just work for a whole day, they'd be DONE. Don't get it.... They come and caulk for an hour or two and then just drop everything, leave, and don't bother to come back for 2 days, with their caulk laying out in the dirt. Have I said I don't get it? The painter kind of bailed on us too, too mamy colors, not enough time. He did show up today, though, to work on the great room.......
Saturday, August 11, 2012
this week was even quieter. We were bitten by the "other job" bug this week and most of our contractors were MIA. There were 2 big developments, though. The first one was the installation of the electrical meter and power hookup. It went so smoothly, I kept having to ask if they were already done. It was good thinking to have that conduit run before the street was put in, and I'm glad we had the chance. So, now the power is hot, the electricians will be back soon to give us outlets and the like.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
After weeks of crazy progress, this week seemed pretty quiet. It was mostly spent watching sheetrock dry. When we last left our intrepid sheetrockers, they had put up all the rock and cleaned up after themselves. Monday brought a caravan of sheetrockers (kinda like a murder of crows), and they got busy taping all of the seams and screws. There were 8 of them, and they finished in 2 hours and moved on to the next job.